Made by hand, with love.

Green Bay, Wisconsin · 87 Sales


Made by hand, with love.

Green Bay, Wisconsin 87 Sales On Etsy since 2011

0 out of 5 stars

SweetRenee is taking a short break


Note from shop owner Hello! We are traveling here and there, and will return soon.

Note from shop owner

Last updated on Apr 14, 2017

Hello! We are traveling here and there, and will return soon.

Laurie Bruinooge

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Laurie Bruinooge


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Mariela Siegert

Mariela Siegert on Jun 5, 2015

5 out of 5 stars

As usual, amazing hollow books! Great craftsmanship. I won't buy from anyone else!

Mariela Siegert

Mariela Siegert on Sep 14, 2014

5 out of 5 stars

As usual, an absolutely beautiful hollow book. I won't buy a hollow book from anyone else on Etsy if I can get it from Sweet Renee!

Brie Nagy

Brie Nagy on Dec 11, 2013

5 out of 5 stars

Above and beyond what I was expecting! While the book is just as pictured (and intended for a friend's cosplay), the hand written card and extra gift were such a wonderful surprise. I love dinosaurs and I always carry little journals with me, so I couldn't be more pleased. Thank you so much!!

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Following Mom's teachings, and making my own way.

My mom taught me the basics of sewing when I was very young, and helped me develop the skills as I grew. Sadly, in my teen years, I felt it wasn't cool enough of a hobby and wandered away from it.

I found my way back to sewing while I was in my mid 20s, living in a small apartment with no yard, no garden, and no outlet for my creativity. I dusted off my sewing machine and have been making lovely things since then.

Mom has retired now, and still loves to sew. I'm delighted that she's on board with me, and she loves to post a new item that someday could make its way to your home, making your life a little more fun or happier.

Who is Sweet Renee?

I grew up on a small family-owned dairy farm. Due to a sudden and devastating health issue, we chose to sell our operation. With an abundance of free time, my Dad took up fishing and even bought a boat. I thought it would be neat if he would name the boat Sweet Renee, which was a combination of the titles of our favorite songs.

He never gave the name to his hobby, so I picked it up and gave it to mine. Dad still enjoys fishing on his nameless boat, and chuckles at my Mom and I when we take over the kitchen and dining room to collaborate and conspire.

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Shop members

  • Laurie

    Owner, Maker

    A busy life in a busy world, revolving around family, home, friends, and work. My creativity flows in the sewing room where I follow my mom's teachings while forging my own path.

  • Mom and Dad


    Mom is my co-conspirator, helper, and cheerleader. She sews for the joy of it and is delighted to see her listings in the shop. Dad helps out, cutting squares for Mom's quilts and makes our displays for craft shows.

Shop policies

Last updated on September 8, 2014

See something that's not quite what you like? Message us with your idea. We'd love to make something just for you.

Need a matching set of something? Aprons for Christmas, tote bags for your bridal party, travel tissue pouches for a wedding, favor bags for a party? I can do that too. Send me a convo with your request!

Accepted payment methods

  • Pay with Visa
  • Pay with Master Card
  • Pay with American Express
  • Pay with Discover
  • Pay with PayPal
  • Buy with Apple Pay
  • Pay with Sofort
  • Pay with iDeal
  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Pay via Papyal, or with a credit card directly through Etsy.
Once payment is cleared, purchases are shipped the next business day via FedEx.

Smaller items are shipped in padded envelopes, and larger items are shipped in boxes. I like to recycle so you may get a gently used but still sturdy box...if you prefer a brand new one please let me know.
Refunds and Exchanges
30 day refund policy. I strive to provide accurate descriptions and awesome photos, but not every monitor will display them the same.

If a buyer recieves an item and it's not what they wanted, or they just plain don't like it, or they've changed their mind, please contact us. You may ship it back at your expense, and once we inspect the item and find it in saleable condition we will issue a refund for the purchase price.

Damage or Loss during shipping: In the event that an item is damaged during shipping, send it back at SweetRenee's expense and we'll provide you a refund for the purchase and shipping price. If a package is lost during shipping, the buyer will recieve a refund for purchase price and shipping price.
Additional policies and FAQs
Everything listed in my shop is ready to ship. Once payment clears, your order ships the next business day.

Custom orders may require a down payment if specific materials which are not in my inventory are needed. Each custom order is unique and special, and the details of such will be worked out between me and the buyer before work begins.